20th-Century Mexican Art celebrated in exhibit – New York
El Museo del Barrio is hosting the only East coast presentation of “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th-Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” through Sept. 8 as part of a national tour. The exhibit features more than 100 examples of Mexican modernists representing some of the most important periods in Mexican social, political and cultural history, according to museum officials. Periods addressed span from early experiments with European Cubism and Surrealism and post-revolutionary efforts to develop an indigenous Mexican aesthetic to the diverse styles and techniques of post-World War II abstraction and realism.
The paintings, drawings and photographs on view are drawn from the celebrated collection of the late cinematic mogul Jacques Gelman and his wife, Natasha, who moved to Mexico City in the early 1940s and amassed their collection. Many of the works on view have rarely been viewed.
Highlights include 10 paintings by Kahlo, including “Autorretrato con collar” (1953), a rendering of the artist as a young woman, and “Diego on My Mind” (1943), in which her husband is superimposed on her forehead. Nine works by Rivera are on view, including “Ultima hora” (1915) and “Retrato de la Senora Natasha Gelman” (1943). The exhibition will also include landscapes by Roberto Montenegro, still lifes by Juan Soriano and semi-abstract paintings by Carlos Merida and Gunther Gerzso.
“Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th-Century
Mexican Art: The Jacques and
Natasha Gelman Collection”
Through Sept. 8
El Museo del Barrio
Address: 1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 831-7272
Web site: www.elmuseo.org
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